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05-10-2018 05:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kitchen island formica corners counter top casters

I am building a small kitchen island. It, will be movable via fixed casters. Fixed casters for mobilty, but only as necessary for cleaning the floor or to get closer to a countertop to support a project. The fixed casters will provide stability and will be easy to hide with base molding.

My concern is a top (approx 28” X 36”) to avoid sharp corners. I will probably use sheet Formica and one thought is to just to edge with wood and slightly relieve the corners to avoid sharpness. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 05-10-2018 05:03 PM

You can bend “Formica” with a heat gun, could do round. Heat then cool with wet cloth to fix the shape.

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#2 posted 05-10-2018 05:26 PM

Eddie – I made a “movable” island a few years ago. but it had a gas range
cooktop in it also. I had about 25 feet of heavy duty automotive fuel hose connecting the
stovetop to a BBQ size propane tank on the back porch. the hose ran under the house
through a hole in the tile floor under the island. the gas was only turned on when cooking.
we only rotated it for a different view – not pushing it all over the kitchen.
I used a light gray granite Wilsonart laminate because I don’t like the slick surface of Formica.
I later on made a 3” deep butcher block type of box that covered the cooktop for food prep, etc.
I would not suggest heat to bend Formica or Wilsonart laminate . . . . just don’t make your corner
radius less than 3” and you will be okay. and stagger any edge banding joints away from the corners.


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#3 posted 05-10-2018 07:55 PM

I’ve banded laminate surfaces with solid wood.
It looks nice. You can oil it and apply fresh
oil as the finish wears.

Pocket screws may interfere with a dramatic
round over. Clamping and gluing works if
it’s feasible.

You can get 3mm PVC edgebanding that matches
Wilsonart and other laminates. It looks terrific
and takes a nice little roundover. It can bend
around radiused corners too. It can be tricky to
work with but it’s very tough and good looking.

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#4 posted 05-10-2018 10:57 PM

You said that you intend to use a plastic laminate. So, I’m reluctant to suggest, but I will anyway :>) We built a rolling island in our kitchen and used a man made stone (Silestone) top for it. It’s a bit more expensive, but very durable, easy maintenance, and you can have the edges and corners shaped most any way you like with both radius and round-over.

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#5 posted 05-13-2018 09:19 PM

Another suggestion: how about a maple butcher block top? Grizzly has them in several sizes, and they aren’t all that expensive.

I used one for a kitchen project somewhat like yours. Ours rolls under the granite counter, and contains drawers. It started with a magazine photo of a pull out table, but we realized that when pulled out, it would block the drawers underneath. This works very well. My wife likes it for baking, as it’s a little lower than the counter top, which makes it easier to roll out pie dough.

Although the drawers used conventional slides, the table is too heavy for them. The casters are about 3” as I recall. It has rotatable turn buttons at the back, so that it can’t pull out too far, but can be turned to retrieve the grandson’s Hot Wheels that get lost under there.

Sorry about the harsh lighting in the second photo. Glare is from the skylight that was also part of the kitchen re do.

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